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Weston looks forward to intensive good work and a good result for Cyprus
2002-11-16 23:57:55

by Maria Myles-- Athens, Nov 16 (CNA) ? US State Department special coordinator for Cyprus Thomas Weston said his exchange of views with President Glafcos Clerides, here today, on developments in the Cyprus question, was this time "more important" than usual because of the urgency of the situation.

Speaking after an hour long meeting with the President, he said he leaves Monday for talks in Turkey and added that he looks forward to intensive good work and a good result.

"It was another very productive exchange on the issue on which we are both so deeply interested, it was as always an excellent exchange in which I think it was clear once again that we very much share the same goal," Weston said.|

This exchange, he said, was obviously "more important than usual because of the urgency of the situation, the urgency that we feel and I think everyone feels about the need to move very rapidly forward, now that there is a proposal on the table from the Secretary General."

"I will no doubt be having more good exchanges in the very near future and I look forward to an awful lot of intensive good work going on and a good result," the US diplomat added.

Replying to a question, Weston, who was accompanied by US Ambassador to Greece Thomas Miller, said he would be traveling to Turkey on Monday.

Weston's meeting took place after the UN SG put forward to the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot sides a proposal as a basis for negotiations on a comprehensive settlement on Cyprus. Kofi Annan asked the two sides to tell him by Monday whether they agree to negotiate on the basis of the proposal.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its northern part.

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